PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Nearly two dozen sea turtles were released into the waters of the Atlantic after being nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center.
Many people went to Topsail Beach to see 23 turtles dive back into the wild.
"You don't see that in Raleigh and you really don't see it that often anywhere on the coast," said Cathy Simons who was visiting from Raleigh. "So, this is really a great experience. I'm an ex-high school biology teacher, which makes it even more special."
14 Green turtles, 8 Loggerheads, and 1 Kemp Ridley are heading back to sea.
At one point, every one of these turtles suffered an injury, but after going through rehab at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue Center, they have a chance to begin a new life in the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the turtles are small enough to be carried by hand, while others had to be carried by half a dozen people, but the all have one thing in common - when they see the ocean they flap their fins back and forth as if they were clapping in excitement to head back to their natural habitat.